I'm having a hard time catching up on my blog because there's too many great things happening. So much has happened between VISTA pre-service orientation in Cambridge (north of Boston) and now, just having finished my first full month at Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity! Needless to say, I'm finally settled in and love exploring the Berkshires. I'm still trying to adjust to the proximity and convenience of everything; ten minutes in any direction and I can grocery shop, go to the mall, chill out to jazz at a tapas bar, dig into wings at a cozy tavern, swim and kayak in two lakes, attend a stage production, pour through museum works, walk through state forests and parks, or hike some of the state's highest peaks. For a small city on the rise from a post-industrial recession, Pittsfield is treating me well.
|Onota Lake, five minutes from my Pittsfield apartment.|
|My first assignment with Habitat? Selling charity raffle tickets at the local baseball park on a glorious summer evening that had one of the best turn-outs of the season (and fireworks).|
I love this paperweight that a family friend gifted.
|As seen on one of my bi-weekly drives south to Great Barrington for ultimate frisbee pick-up games.|
|Hard to resist an afternoon roll with views like this (far side of Pontoosuc).|
|A pine-filled park along Pontoosuc where I brought my parents two weekends ago. It was muggy that week, but the weather is finally sinking into sweater season.|
|Labor Day weekend was celebrated with more lazy lake time and a hike up Monument Mountain, just south of Stockbridge. A quickie but with interesting trails, good company, and wonderful views.|
|A historical home at an arboretum in Pittsfield.|
|Pitt Park, which wraps around our office. Things are significantly quieter now that summer camp is over and kid's are in school.|
|Elsa and her dad strolling through a nice fountain park that is unfortunately placed in a very busy portion of downtown.|
Listening: "The Last Day" by Moby